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Hike - Bob Stratton Bald - Fri., May 8, 2015

FRIDAY,  MAY 8, 2015
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
Distance:  Approx. 6.6 miles
Rating:   Moderate to Difficult
Driving Time:   1.5 hours
Elevation Gain:  Approx. 900 feet
Leader:  Rick Carlin  513-518-0738
Bob Stratton Bald is a grassy meadow located off the Cherohala Skyway at an elevation of 5360 feet and offers views of the Unicoi Mountains as well as the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Area.
The trailhead is located at Beech Gap just before the North Carolina border.  The first 1.8 miles is on a fairly flat and wide trail with minimum elevation changes.  For the remaining 1.5 miles the trail changes to a narrow trail which is somewhat rutted (cup shaped) and follows a ridge line through patches of rhododendrons and blackberry bushes.  The elevation change for this portion of the trail is 749 feet over 1.1 miles with the most difficult portion being a 0.2 stretch.  Please keep in mind that weather conditions at these elevations can be more extreme than at lower elevations.